Das Niederwalddenkmal oberhalb Rüdesheim
 
 
       
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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  The Niederwalddenkmal was constructed shortly after the end of the German-French War in order to remember the foundation of the new German Reich. It was developed by the sculptor Johannes Schilling and the architect Karl Weisbach.

The foundation stone was laid on September 16th, 1871, by Wilhelm Friedrich Ludwig (Kaiser Wilhelm der Große / Emperor William the Great). After six years of construction and costs of more than one million gold marks, the Niederwalddenkmal was finally inaugurated on September 28th, 1883. The monument measuring 38 meters is regarded as a symbol of the union of all German tribes.

The central figure of the monument is the 10.5 meters high and 32 tons heavy “Germania”. In her right hand she is proudly holding the recovered crown of the emperor, with her left she leans self-confidentially on the sword of the empire. Data and emblems on the pedestal she is standing on tell from the time of the foundation of the empire. The largest relief shows emperor William I. on his horse amidst of sovereigns, army commanders and soldiers of all corps.

A very important, if not the most important, song of the time around 1870 was “Die Wacht am Rhein” (“The Watch on the Rhine“) by Max Schneckenburger (1819-1849). Here you can learn more about this folk hymn.
 
     
 
 
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